When creating the ideal workspace, office desk choices are a critical decision to make. It can affect not only the space around you, but can also affect the behaviour of you and your colleagues.So how important are the design options for a desk?
Not only do they affect office space and personnel behaviour, but they also affect productivity and can therefore have a positive impact in providing a healthy workplace. As far as health goes, it is a standard requirement.
In order for your office desk to provide the perfect workplace there should be:
– Consideration to prevent eyestrain, backache, risks to employees.
– Accommodation to various work stances and the many furniture seating products that can provide this
– Allowance for a significant amount of leg space along with equipment that goes under the desk.
-Sufficient space between a desk and a walkway/exit space –compliant with industry standards
Ensuring desk positions and seating are the critical requirements to ensure legs are supported, the spine and eyes are correctly aligned, meaning that long hours sat at the computer do not end in back ache, numb legs or blurry vision; which can lead to staff sickness and absent staff. It is recommended that employers take this into account through desk assessments so employees don’t suffer with these issues.
There are also three zones that the workspace or the way you arrange to use your desk space must support in order to unlock the full potential of productivity from employees. These three zones are: Primary (Repetitive), Secondary (Occasional) and Tertiary (Seldom).
The Primary zone is the area used regularly and repeatedly (most commonly the area directly in front of your desk where your keyboard is often placed, the secondary zone is the area used occasionally (often depending on whether you are right or left handed – you may use this area to site your telephone for example, and the tertiary area is the area that is rarely used.
Although these zones may be different in size and segments there must be room available to tailor to everybody’s ideal method of work.What comes with health must also come with safety.
The interior office space as a whole must meet regulatory standards tailoring to any form of emergency.
Relaying back to our blog on fire, health and safety and all the recent disasters, these regulations must be constantly reminded. Making an employee safe and comfortable are the first steps to increasing office productivity. It is the industry standard for desking and seating to have a gap between each other when it comes to the walkways between workstations as well as general access to them.
It is recommended that desks be 2000mm apart while seats be 800mm apart. This applies to office desks that require a walkway for people to manoeuvre between.For wheelchair access there are planning and building regulations in place so those in wheelchairs have the correct office dimensions to manoeuvre around with ease, even in cases of fires. These office space dimensions may depend on the general size of the wheelchair they are accompanied with.
This is for a couple of reasons. The first is that it avoids collisions with seats and those walking between them. The second is that in the event of a fire, employees have room to get out in an orderly fashion with little complication.
Health and safety is extremely important in the workplace and has to be taken seriously! Businesses should carry out a workplace risk assessment.
The stability of a desk is also essential.
Although this is a nuisance rather than a regulation it still holds some importance. Unstable desks can force employees to constantly adjust and become quite irritated with their workspace. This also comes with the risk of unstable equipment which can cause damage and cost a significant amount.
A comparative example of this is the disk drive of a computer. While the disk is active it is important that the system shouldn’t be moved to reduce risks of corrupted data. However, with an unstable desk this proves quite difficult, resulting in potential disk scratches and damage and/or disk drive damage.
This means the ideal work space would have to be a desk that: supports the employee, increases engagement & productivity and caters to the space around the employee.At RAP we take pride in offering a variety of desking choices: bespoke desks, flip top desks, technology desks, executive desks and much more. Such variety allows employers to tailor to each employee and therefore improve how productive they are.
As long as an employee is healthy, comfortable and happy, productivity will be at a high.
If you want to find out more about what office desk is better suited for your working environment then why not contact us today on 0333 600 1234.